Tehzeeb Awards 2010

In an effort to promote and acknowledge contribution in the field of Urdu Literature and Fine Arts, Tehzeeb Foundation gives awards in the following disciplines:

  1. Classical music
  2. Folk music
  3. Urdu Prose
  4. Urdu Poetry
  5. Fine Arts

For the year 2010 our Award recipients are the following:

Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt…………………. Classical Music of the Sub-continent
Ustad Rais Khan …………………………… Classical Music of the Sub-continent
Javed / Babar Niazi…………………………..Folk music of Pakistan
Zehra Nigah………………………………... Urdu Poetry
Asad Muhammad Khan ……………………Urdu Prose
Salima Hashmi………………………………. Fine Arts

Award Recipients:

Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is one of the most creative instrumentalists of the subcontinent. He has made meaningful modifications to the Hawaiian guitar with his perfect assimilation of sitar, sarod and veena techniques by adding 14 more strings so as to cater for the nuances of the Indian classical music. He has named it Mohan Veena.
Pandit  Mohan Bhatt has been awarded the highest music award of the world, the Grammy Award, in 1994 along with Ry Cooder for their world music album, ‘A meeting by the river’. He performed at the Tehzeeb Festival in December 2010, this being his first performance in Pakistan.

Ustad Rais Khan is one of the most gifted musicians of the sub-continent and commands equal respect in Pakistan, India and the world over. Born in 1939, he belongs to the Mewat Gharana, known for gayeki ang - the musical diction to which Rais Khan himself has contributed positively.
Ustad Rais khan has toured extensively, delighting packed audiences all over the world. He has indulged into highly creative jugalbandis with stalwarts like Ustad Bismillah Khan, Ustad Sultan Khan and L. Subramaniam to name a few. He has also made a studio recording for Tehzeeb, this being his only studio recording in Pakistan. He was awarded the President’s Pride of Performance by the Government of Pakistan in 1995.

Javed and Babar Niazi are the talented sons of the legendary folk singer Tufail Nizai. They have received their training in classical music from their father and follow his style. Javed and Babar are known all over the world and have been awarded the Pride of Performance Award in 2010 by the Government of Pakistan.

Zehra Nigah is a prominent poet of Pakistan; one of the very few women poets to have achieved prominence in the 1950s in a predominantly male realm at that time. Besides her writing, she also became known for her spellbinding renditions in mushairas. Her published works include Shaam ka Pehla Tara and Waraq. Zehra Nigah writes both  ghazal and nazm with the same passion. The spontaneous use of everyday phrases and colloquial idioms complement her direct and narrative style of writing, giving it a mass appeal that becomes even more pronounced in oral renditions.
She has received various awards at home and abroad in recognition of her works. She has also been awarded the Pride of Performance by the Government of Pakistan for her contribution to literature.

Asad Muhammad Khan, one of Pakistan’s senior most writers, was born in Bhopal (India) in 1932. The first collection of his short stories was published in 1982 titled 'Khirki Bhar Asmaan' and earned him a reputation of a master storyteller in his maiden attempt. Asad Mohammad Khan owing to his uniquely captivating stories like Basooday ke Marium, Maee Dada and Trilochan was almost immediately placed amongst the most acclaimed writers in the country.
He has written a number of television plays and published five collections of short stories to date. The ‘Harvest of Anger and Other Stories’, a selection of his short stories translated  in English was published in 2002.

Salima Hashmi is one of the most well-known artists of Pakistan. She comes from a socially and politically renowned family. Daughter of the illustrious Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Salima Hashmi is an artist, art critic, curator, activist and an art educator of unparallel acclaim. Her paintings usually include abstract figures of women depicting their struggle. They are a reflection of Salima's thoughts and feelings regarding the political and social uncertainties under which people of Pakistan have lived. Salima Hashmi has authored a critically acclaimed book titled "Unveiling the Visible: Lives and Works of Women Artists of Pakistan" in 2001. In 2006, Salima Hashmi co-authored a book with an Indian art historian Yashodhara Dalmia titled 'Memory, Metaphor, Mutations: Contemporary Art of India and Pakistan'. Salima has taught at Pakistan's prestigious National College of Arts for over thirty years.
She has also received Pakistan's Pride of Performance Award. She is the Dean of School of Visual Arts at the  Beacon House National University in Lahore and  also runs her own art gallery featuring works of young artists.

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